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Xiaomi Mi TV Stick Review: An Easy Way to Turn Your Ordinary TV into a Smart TV

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Xiaomi is really shaking things up in 2021, following through with its promise to offer more innovation at affordable price points under the Mi and Redmi brands. Now, at a price of R699, Xiaomi is making the magic and convenience of a smart TV accessible to a lot more people with its Xiaomi Mi TV Stick. A simple plug and play solution, the Mi TV Stick turns almost any regular TV with an HDMI port into a smart TV that can connect directly to the internet.

Powered by Android TV 9.0, the little gadget comes with Built-in Chromecast and supports over 5,000 apps from the Play Store, including Netflix, DStv Now, YouTube, Spotify, Prime Video and more. The Xiaomi Mi TV Stick has 1GB of RAM and 8GB of built-in storage and in terms of connectivity has HDMI 2.0, Micro USB, Bluetooth 4.2 and dual-band WiFi. For audio, it supports Dolby Audio and DTS-HD. It’s also Google certified and offers the convenience of Google Assistant. Plus, it comes packaged with a Bluetooth remote that makes controlling the device a breeze.

Xiaomi Mi Stick

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With a maximum output of 1080p, the Mi TV Stick is aimed at shoppers on a budget. If you don’t have the budget to upgrade to a smart TV just yet, then this is a no brainer for transforming a TV with no brains. It’s portable and so super simple to use. You can even take it on holiday with you to ensure you’re able to stream wherever there’s a TV.

It takes only 3 steps to set up and use, you simply plug it into your TV’s HDMI port, plug the power adapter into the socket, and then turn it on and set it up to connect to WiFi. Once you’re set up, you can then download the apps you want to use and enjoy streaming content from your favourite apps. Using the built-in Chromecast you can also quickly cast photos, videos, music and other content you love from your smartphone right to your TV.

I’ve been using the Mi Stick to transform our bedroom TV into a smart TV, and it’s been a game-changer when the boyfriend is playing XBox games in the lounge and I want to catch up on the latest episode of Master Chef Australia on DStv Now. In terms of performance, the Mi Stick wipes the floor with the Google Chromecast I was previously using. The interface is easy to navigate and the app library works extremely well, with apps optimised for TV rather than just being extensions of the mobile application. Watching content from services like YouTube, Netflix, and DStv Now is no issue at all and while the streaming quality is limited to Full HD, it’s warranted given its asking price.

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